Black Women in International Affairs (BWINTAF) welcomes, Constance Pruitt and Chenée Tracey to its Board of Directors! We want to thank the women who submitted materials for consideration and the women who took the time out of their day to interview with the BWINTAF team! We received applications and interest from intelligent, accomplished and driven women and each application we received and interview completed further highlighted the fact that Black women are more than capable, willing and qualified to serve in leadership positions! We look forward to growing and engaging with the network of Black women in the field and strategically working to become active and engaged stakeholders. With the addition of Constance and Chenée to our Board of Directors, I know that this vision will be achieved as both women bring necessary skillsets and backgrounds that will be significant in implementing the programming and outreach efforts of BWINTAF.
Meet Constance Pruitt and Chenée Tracey
Constance Pruitt is a Ph.D. student and Adjunct Instructor in the Political Science department at Howard University. Her doctoral concentrations are Comparative Politics and International Relations with a regional focus on Africa, and American Government. Her past and current research focuses on Black women in the foreign service and impact of the intergovernmental organization ‘BRICS’ in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Constance earned her bachelor's degree from Howard University and Master's degree in International Relations from Regent's University in London where she was elected as the university’s Head Delegate for the annual National Model United Nations (NMUN). She also served on the graduate student council, and was the recipient of the Sverdrup International Study Abroad Award. Her Master’s thesis was on Somalia's fragile state status. She has previously worked at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on their Southern and East Africa (SEA) team, as well as a Graduate Research Assistant for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the Africa team within the Middle East & Africa Center. Constance has experience working on local political campaigns, most recently serving as a Campaign Director. She was also an adjunct instructor at the University of the Potomac for several years. She is currently a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Fellow, Assistant Director of Howard University's Pre-PhD Summer Enrichment Program, a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and holds memberships in many other professional organizations. For more information, you can visit her website at www.constancepruitt.com.
Chenée Tracey is a project lead specializing in nuclear sanctions at CRDF Global, a science nonprofit devoted to international chemical, biological, nuclear safety, and global health. Chenée’s nuclear career path has led her to focus and research on civilian nuclear energy use, nuclear safeguards, and sanctions through research experiences working at Brookhaven National Laboratory and nuclear energy consulting firms. In 2019, Chenée’s research on Brazil’s nuclear-powered submarines was published in the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues Journal. Chenée has a passion for Latin America and has lived and studied in Uruguay in 2013 and again as a Boren Scholar in Brazil in 2015. Her work with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Latin America and the Caribbean provided context and expertise on international trade and financial crime within Latin America. Chenée is a graduate from the University of Georgia where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and master’s degree in Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy.